Ayatollah Jannati: Shoe Intifada should not be overlooked so easily
Tehran, Dec 19, IRNA - Substitute Friday prayers leader of Tehran Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati here Friday hailed Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi's recent shoe-tossing at the US President George W. Bush and said the "shoe Intifada" should not be taken for granted.
"The shoe Intifada in Iraq should not be overlooked easily. Well done to Iraqi journalist for throwing the shoes at the US President. His shoes should be kept in Iraq's political museum. The pair of shoes are more valuable than crowns, medals and signs," Ayatollah Jannati told large groups of Tehrani Friday prayers worshipers at Tehran University campus.
He suggested carrying shoes in all the anti-US demonstrations held in Iran and Iraq.
"The shoe hurling by Iraqi journalist had many messages which the world received them and Iraqi people too held demonstrations afterwards. People should support the Iraqi journalist," he added.
He said the US is trapped in Iraq quagmire and does not know what to do.
Journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi threw his shoes during a Sunday news conference by Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Al-Zeidi remained in custody and was expected to eventually face charges of insulting a foreign leader.
The incident, a vivid demonstration of Iraqis' dismay over the US-led invasion and occupation of the country for more than five years, turned al-Zeidi into an instant folk hero.
Thousands of Iraqis have demonstrated for his release.
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